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Polygamy Family Gets Really Good Lawyer

10/6/2010 7:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kody Brown and wives have a powerful new legal force behind them -- TMZ has learned ... constitutional law guru Jonathan Turley is now representing the "Sister Wives" family in the polygamy investigation, and he's willing to fight it all the way.

1006_jonathan_turly_sister_wives_EX3Turley -- a professor at The George Washington University Law School -- tells TMZ he is ready, willing and able to sit down with the Utah County Attorney and make a case why his clients should not be prosecuted.

Turley says absent some proof that the family is engaged in child abuse or other crimes, Utah prosecutors almost never prosecute for polygamy.  Turley is quick to note there is absolutely no evidence of child abuse or other crimes in the Brown family.

Turley points out ... although Utah prosecutors have a lot of discretion in deciding when to prosecute someone, people can't be hauled into the criminal justice system simply because they've gone on TV and become high profile.  In legalese, it's called "selective prosecution" ... and it's illegal.

Turley says his goal is to convince prosecutors to leave the Brown family alone. But he says if his clients are prosecuted, he'll fight it hard. Turley would not say outright that he'll make this a test case and push it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but he made it clear ... he will do everything it takes to clear his clients if they're prosecuted.


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Lynn M    

I called it. I've been saying that this was meant to bring the issue to the Supreme Court.

1295 days ago
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tszyu    

let him have all the ugly women

1295 days ago
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Mike    

Where's the crime here? Too many wives? Who gives a rats ass? What's next is the DA going to prosecute gays for sodomy because they live together? This is a waste of tax money to even consider this. The DA should be spending his time on ACTUAL crime instead of some religious kook who's duped retards into being "wives." Clearly this is just a really horny whacko.

It's not a crime to bang a slew of retarded chicks and have tons of kids. If it was, every black guy in the country would be locked up.

1295 days ago
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Utahn    

"Turley is quick to note there is absolutely no evidence of child abuse or other crimes in the Brown family."... yeah... except for the crime of POLYGAMY! Lawyers sure know how to turn a flagrant person who commits a crime into the victim.

1295 days ago
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BSweet    

Who cares how many wives a guy has, as long as they are all grownups and in agreement? I'm married, love my husband, but I'm also bisexual. I bring home girlfriends all the time! He never complains. LOL

But seriously, I could picture both of us having a wife/girlfriend. I have one all picked out. ;)

1295 days ago
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Kimberly    

He is only legally married to the first wife. So how can they prosecute him?

1295 days ago
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roxie    

IN THE UNITED STATES WE HAVE FREEDOM OF RELIGION. IN THE LDS FAITH, IT IS BELIEVED YOU NEED TO HAVE AT LEAST THREE WIVES TO GO TO HEAVEN. THEREFOR, MY PROSECUTING "POLY'S" YOU ARE VIOLATING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

1295 days ago
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Jayster    

Clear his clients? How does he plan to do that? He just admitted that they are committing a crime. The law doesn't say its OK as long as everyone is being treated well. Whether they decide to prosecute it or not, its still a crime. How they could NOT prosecute it is beyond me. Keeping it on the DL and not flaunting it is one thing, but if your 2 remaining inbred braincells take the day off and you decide to advertise it on national TV that you are breaking the law, then prepare to face the consequences.

1295 days ago
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Utahn    

Roxie - these people are not LDS. The LDS faith does not allow polygamy since the 1890's. The FLDS church, though, does practice polygamy.

1295 days ago
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big al    

leave these people alone. there must be more important things to worry about in the state of utah. i figure if it isn't hurting anyone, whats the big deal. i could see if he married all these women without them being knowledgeable of the others but they are aware. seems like a waste of taxpayers money. if you don't like it, don't watch. thats my motto. ignore it & hopefully it'll go away. i don't watch the show but from the little bit i have seen the children all seem loved & taken care of. people need to get the sticks out of their behinds & find something to enrich their own lives.

1295 days ago
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Sputnik2    

Do away with the polygamy law. Anyone stupid enough to have more than one spouse deserves the misery. Stupid is as stupid does.

1295 days ago
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Jan    

Polygamy serves no purpose other than to satisfy a narsasstic man's low self-esteem. He's so unbelieveably full of himself and I can't believe these dumb women who have created a monster by buying into his crap. The guy wants to rule a kingdom of women - who all have his children and then he gets to look at a hundred faces that look just like HIM.

1295 days ago
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ManiacalZebra    

They should be prosecuted because it's against the law, and the TV show is evidence of that crime. When they admit it on TV and it's recorded for posterity, there's ample evidence.

1295 days ago
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Le    

This country was founded on the Christian Faith & Beliefs. Let's let everyone change this country. What is happening is all "coming to pass"...Just as the Good Book said.

1295 days ago
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Marie    

Polygamy is only illegal if there are legal marriage do***ents that bind the "husband" with all of his "wives". Legally, he is only married to one of these women. If his wives are okay sharing then what does it matter to us. Yes, they have gone on television, but again, if you don't agree with their lifestyle, change the channel and don't read any articles about it. Seems pretty simple to me.

1295 days ago
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